This trip scheduled for Wednesday 27th May has been cancelled. An alternative date of Wednesday 5th September has been requested from Claydon House and I am currently awaiting their response. Customers who are booked on the May trip will be contacted in the week after Easter, if not before, and offered either a refund or the option of moving their booking on to any revised date once known. 
 
Our journey will first take us to the small market town of Brackley which is a convenient lunch stop on the way to Claydon. 
 
Claydon House has strong connections with Florence Nightingale and commemorates the 200th anniversary of her birth (born 12th May 1820). 
 
Claydon house was owned by the Verney Family. ‘Parthenope’, Florence’s sister, married into the Verney Family and Florence visited them frequently, usually during the summer months after returning from the Crimea. She wrote prolifically about the things that she had learned in the field hospital; translating them into recommendations for improvements within the army Hospitals. The tranquility of Claydon was ideal for her to concentrate on her work. 
 
A lot of her Notes written at Claydon went beyond the conditions in the army hospitals to also address similar issues relating to General Hospitals in England (which at that time were old workhouses). Her recommendations went on to shape the design of new hospitals in the latter part of the 19th Century, most of the principles still being applicable to new hospitals built today. 
 
Florence started a nurse training school in London and although not in the best of health kept tabs on how training was going. She often summoned some of the trainee nurses to visit her at either her London Flat or at Claydon. Whilst in her presence the trainees would be asked what skills they had acquired in the weeks before their visit. This had a two-fold purpose to assess the training was up to scratch and to check the suitability of the students standing before her. 
 
The fascinating story of Florence Nightingale goes way beyond the view most people have of the “Lady with the Lamp”. 
 
At Claydon they have some of Florence Nightingales dresses, her carriage and some of her writings, letters and publications in the library. 
Brackley is a small Market Town with cafes and hostelries where you can acquire lunch 
Claydon House has an associated cafe that is not National Trust. It is not large and may get very busy if everyone descends there at the same time. 
No photography allowed inside the house 
Ground Floor of the house is accessed via 4 steps and once in accessible. Stairs lead to the upstairs rooms there is no lift however there is a virtual tour available 
seating is available in most rooms 
Garden has an accessible route, it has some grass and loose gravel paths, slopes and some steps. The gardens are owned by the Claydon Estate and charge an extra fee (£5 NT members and £6 non-members) 
 
Price: National Trust Members £19.50 (membership cards are required to be shown on arrival). 
Non-members of the National Trust £29.50 (includes admission). 
 
 
Depart From: City Centre (Dudley Street)at 9:45am., Harborne (Lordswood Road) at 10:05am., Selly Oak (Oak Tree Lane) at 10:15am., Bournville Green(Linden Road) at 10:20am, Kings Norton Railway Station 10:30am. 
 
view maps of departure points: click here 
 
To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you. 
 
 
"Enjoyed my visit with Caltours to Butlers Yard today !" 
 
DB - New Forest part of a Short Break (via Facebook) 5th August 2017 
 
 
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